5. discordant babble
6. a ruffle on the surface of the sea; a short swell (dialect)
1. to dispute captiously or obstinately; to cavil or quibble (obsolete except dialect)
2. to quarrel about trifles, to quarrel noisily, to brawl, to squabble, to wrangle
3. to babble
also BRABBEL, BRABIL BRABLE
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usually identified with Dutch brabbelen to confuse, stammer, jabber (cf. brabbling vbl. n.), but it is doubtful whether the history of the senses in English supports this.
Cf. brawl, babble.
Skinner conjectured a corruption of medieval Latin parabolare, to harangue, discourse
(? a forensic or university term),
cf. Welsh parablu to speak.
Du Cange has ‘tota die parabolare per scripturas,’ which agrees with verb sense 1. With ‘womanish brabble’ cf. the proverb ‘ubi mulieres ibi parabolæ'
of the Holie Scriptures into the English tong
By William Fulke, 1583